Sunday, June 3, 2018

Obama – Just Too Good for Us.

Obama – Just Too Good for Us. By Maureen Dowd
Excerpt: Hours after the globe-rattling election of a man whom Barack Obama has total disdain for, a toon who would take a chain saw to the former president’s legacy on policy and decency, Obama sent a message to his adviser Ben Rhodes: “There are more stars in the sky than grains of sand on the earth.” Perhaps Obama should have used a different line with a celestial theme by Shakespeare: “The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars, but in ourselves.” As president, Obama always found us wanting. We were constantly disappointing him. He would tell us the right thing to do and then sigh and purse his lips when his instructions were not followed. Shortly after Donald Trump was elected, Rhodes writes in his new book, “The World as It Is,” Obama asked his aides, “What if we were wrong?” But in his next breath, the president made it clear that what he meant was: What if we were wrong in being so right? What if we were too good for these people? (The Times does on occasion let someone conservative get a word in, and this is one of those times. Nicely done. But What Ms. Dowd didn't address was the continuing drive of Mr. Obama to keep helping us in various ways, supporting The Resistance, making his speeches, commenting on his successor, and his upcoming contributions to Netflix, etc. And that little detail of raising hundreds of millions for the magnificent Obama Library, maybe that's what the money from Netflix will go for. I was way, way too optimistic, I thought after the election he'd move back to Chicago, write books, do speaking tours, and just maybe we wouldn't keep hearing from him and his bride. Another fantasy blown away. --Del)

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